YA Fangirl Alert

This week the Debs and I are talking about authors we fangirl over. I’d like to highlight some of my favorite YA authors, some folks you may or may not have heard of.


Julia Ember, author of Unicorn TracksThe Seafarer’s Kiss, and The Tiger’s Watch. I love jumping into Julia’s worlds. They are so fully imagined and diverse and infinitely swoony. Highly recommend.

I am absolutely in love with Ersel from The Seafarer’s Kiss. She is exactly the kind of persistent, brilliant character that I love to love.



Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series as well as the upcoming Hollow Crown series, writes books that are auto-buys for me. Meaning that, when I hear she has a new book coming out, I automatically call up my local indie and pre-order that thing. I am so excited for, the next book in her Brooklyn Brujas series.



Heidi Heilig is one of the most talented, giving, and tireless YA authors writing today. Her books absolutely sweep me away in the best way possible. I was besieged by her debut, The Girl from Everywhere, and her books just get better and better as she writes. Her upcoming book, Fora Muse of Fire, is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve read lately.



I just can’t stop raving about Dhonielle Clayton, y’all. From her indefatigable work with We Need Diverse Books to the exemplary talent she cultivates at Cake Literary, this woman can do it all. And that’s before we even get to her intensely good books. I was a fan from the moment I picked up Tiny Pretty Things, but her most recent novel, The Belles, is a masterwork in layered, exceptional fiction.




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Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson grew up with her nose in a book outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After completing her M.F.A., she moved to South Korea, where she taught English and started writing her debut novel. THE DIMINISHED will be published by HarlequinTEEN in April 2018, followed by its sequel in 2019. When she's not staring off into space and trying to untangle some particularly troublesome plot point, she can be found in her kitchen, perfecting the most difficult recipe she can find; or at the barn, where she rides and trains dressage horses; or with her husband, spoiling their sweet rescue dogs.

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